seatpost 6.17.11: nyc cycling culture this week

Tickets On Sale for 11th Annual Bicycle Film Festival

In case you missed its New York theatrical run, treat yourself to Bill Cunningham New York. The documentary about the legendary street fashion and society photographer for the New York Times, who travels around town by bike, will be shown at the Bicycle Film Festival (BFF). The 11th annual event, June 22 – 26 at the Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue, celebrates bicycles through music, art and film.

I attended the festival for the first time last year and, while the Anthology may not be your local cineplex, the BFF provides a great opportunity not only to be entertained, but to learn about diverse cycling styles and cultures. It was at the BFF that I discovered BMX rider Mat Hoffman’s remarkable story and viewed city streets through the (harrowing) helmet-cam films of Lucas Brunnelle.

Among highlights that I’m looking forward to at this year’s festival are Racing Towards Redhook, a film about New York City’s biggest underground racing event, the 2011 Red Hook Criterium. According to the production notes: “The rules are simple: 20 laps, one gear, zero breaks.” You get the picture. Also, Sunchasers explores competitive cycling through the lives of three disabled women who are preparing for the Paralympics.

View trailers and check the weekend schedule — which also offers a concert, art show, street festival with cycling contests and vendors of handmade bicycle wares, and parties galore — and buy tickets online:

Celebrate velojoy’s Birthday!

Help celebrate velojoy‘s first birthday! We’re giving away a divinely delicious cupcake sampler from Billy’s Bakery NYC to a new member of the velojoy facebook page. Join our city cycling online community and get all the latest hints, happenings and fabulous finds from the New York City bike lanes.

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Last-Minute Shopping Hints for Father’s Day

It’s not too late to shop locally! If the dad in your life loves city riding, check out my post 8 Hot Father’s Day Gifts for Urban Cyclists, which includes hints from NYC bike shops.

velojoy street scene

Cycling advocate Liz Patek (top right) talks with Chris Robbins of the NYC weblog Gothamist in Columbus Circle before leading a ride down Broadway to Union Square last night. Patek organized the Short Skirt Celebration/Love the Broadway Bike Lane Ride in the wake of the story that surfaced late last week involving a Dutch tourist who was reportedly stopped by a New York City police officer for wearing a short skirt. Patek says she plans to organize future rides to celebrate cycling as a daily form of transportation, and to call attention to issues related to NYC cycling infrastructure.

Pedal Stops to Assist Cyclists

Biking along the Hudson River Greenway this weekend? Be sure to check out the Pedal Stop at 71st Street and Riverside on Saturday and Sunday between 9 a.m and 4 p.m. Bike New York is sponsoring these rider assistance and information stations on select weekends throughout the summer, not only at Riverside, but also at the Brooklyn Bridge and Central Park.  You’ll find help with safety checks, bike skills and safety tips, bike maps, rentals and more. Find the complete schedule here:

FAQs About Riding a Bicycle in NYC

The advocacy organization Transportation Alternatives has published answers to frequently asked questions about bicycling in New York City, as double-digit increases in cycling continue. How does the Department of Transportation decide where to put bike lanes? What is public bike share and when will New York City have a program of its own. For answers to these and 10 other FAQs, check

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